Buddha House Statues Projects
16 ARHATS STATUES
Following the specific advice of Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche in Bendigo September, 2014, we have been engaging regularly in the 16 Arhats Puja at Buddha House. Rinpoche spoke also of the benefits of having statues of these Arhats, and late in 2014 we commissioned the full set to be made at Nalanda Monastery in France.
They arrived early in 2016 (Pictured right, our resident teacher Venerable Dondrub shown with the statues the day they arrrived). Rinpoche asked us to request Venerable Lobsang Konchok, a Tibetan monk living in Queensland, to paint these holy objects and the cabinet that they will be displayed in. Venerable Lobsang Konchok (pictured below) arrived in Adelaide soon after to commence this project and has been working on the statues and cabinet through 2016.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has outlined the benefits of making offerings and prayers to the Sixteen Arhats:
• All the Buddhas are pleased;
• Anyone who correctly practises it will have no obstacles;
• One will be able to abide in pure morality;
• It increases one’s scriptural understanding and realisation;
• One will have perfect inner and outer conditions to practise Dharma;
• One will not be overwhelmed by untimely death and will have a long life;
• The community of Sangha will be increased;
• The study and practice of the Tripitaka (Three Baskets) will be increased;
• And so forth, there are infinite benefits one will enjoy until enlightenment is achieved.
Pictured below, Venerable Lobsang Konchok, with the 16 Arhats Statues nearing completion.
In September 2014 at the Bendigo Retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, our resident teacher Venerable Thubten Dondrub, the Centre Director Gabe Edwards and other members of the Buddha House Board and community had a meeting with Rinpoche. It was during this meeting that Rinpoche advised us to have a 2.4 metre high Ganapati statue made for Buddha House.
Buddha House, without hesitation, followed that advice and commissioned artist Jonathan Partridge in Tasmania to make the statue for the cost of $40,000.
The wonderful news is that so far we have raised over $20,000
Advice from our resident teacher Venerable Thubten Dondrub.
“By contributing to the Ganapati Statue Project you are not only helping to eliminate obstacles and create wealth and resources for Buddha House so that it can be of great benefit to many beings, you are also creating the causes for wealth, success and freedom from obstacles in your own life.”
It is so important that everyone associated with the centre consider contributing to the successful completion of these most auspicious projects. The benefits of making donations for holy objects are immeasurable.
If you would like to donate to one or both of our statues projects, please use the “Donate” button below, or call the office (08) 8333 2824, Office Hours: 9.30am-12.30pm Monday to Friday, or leave a cash/cheque donation clearly marked Ganapati or 16 Arhats in the donation box in the office door.
Buddha House appreciates your generous contribution and asks that you only donate as little or as much as you can afford.
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